Tuesday, 11 October 2016

ABC Wednesday,N for New Zealand


 We tried to see as much as possible and stayed on several  holiday parks. They were all very beautiful and most of them provided with a swimmingpool, a laundry, kitchen and a shop.

Our unit in Te Anau






New Zealand

New Zealand
Aotearoa (Māori)
Blue field with the Union Flag in the top right corner, and four red stars with white borders to the right.
Flag Coat of arms


Location of New Zealand within the Realm of New Zealand
Location of New Zealand within the Realm of New Zealand
Capital Wellington
41°17′S 174°27′E
Largest city Auckland
Official languages


In January 2005 my daughter and three children joined me on a journey to New Zealand. We stayed on the South Island to avoid the heat on the North Island., which is absolutely unbearable




     
New Zealand consists of two islands in the Pacific Ocean: the North Island or Te Ika-a-Maaui, and the South Island or Te Waipounamu.












Maori Welcome


 He iwi tahi tatou = We are one people

 

  Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life.



Franz Josef Glacier

. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland. Sometime between 1250 and 1300 CE, Polynesians settled in the islands that would later become New Zealand, and developed a distinctive Māori culture. In 1642, Abel Tasman, a Dutch explorer, became the first European to sight New Zealand.


Moeraki Boulders

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 This week we are looking for words beginning with N



In 1840, representatives of the British Crown and Māori Chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, making New Zealand a British colony. Today, the majority of New Zealand's population of 4.7 million is of European descent; the indigenous Māori are the largest minority, followed by Asians and Pacific Islanders. Reflecting this, New Zealand's culture is mainly derived from Māori and early British settlers, with recent broadening arising from increased immigration. The official languages are English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language, with English predominant.

Queen Elizabeth II is the country's head of state and is represented by a Governor-General.
































Moeraki Boulders








































13 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

I could live there, I think

ROG, ABCW

photowannabe said...

This is one place I have always wanted to visit.
It is so diverse and beautiful. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

Trubes said...

It certainly looks beautiful I enjoyed
reading about your trip and great pictures too.
Thanks for sharing your lovely holiday with us,
Best wishes,
Di.
ABCW team.

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

We saw some of the same places. I loved New Zealand!

Photo Cache said...

It seems by sheer natural beauty alone, NZ is top of the list.

My ABC WEDNESDAY

jeannettestgermain said...

After my niece (in Holland) got married, she and her hubby made a trip around the world and they came back with the most beautiful nature shots of New Zealand!
Ever since New Zealand has been on my list:)
Of course Southern California was one of their stops, and I remember we went to the store for shoes and sweaters, because it was unusually cold and rainy in December:)
Hope you are doing well, Wil?

happywonderer.com said...

A very beautiful country to visit. How nice that you could.

Melody Steenkamp said...

Prachtig Wil, dit land staat op nr. 1 op mijn lijstje.... Ik hoop het ooit te mogen bezoeken, lijkt me fantastisch.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It seems like such an exotic and wonderful place to visit. Beautiful pictures and memories. I especially love the Maori welcome.

Leslie: said...

Another country for my bucket list. I had a friend visit and she loved it! And I know a lot of movies are shot in New Zealand, too!

Leslie
abcw team

Hildred said...

Beautiful photos,Wil. During WW2 many young men from New Zealand took air training in Canada, and the ones stationed in Alberta were not far from where I lived. I met a number of very charming fellows, and soon learned the Maori Farewell. Nice dancers, too...

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

what a great blog, and I didn't think to blog this. Did you go and see Princess Kate visiting Holland?

Suzy said...

Kia Ora and Thank you for showcasing my beautiful country.